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March 24, 2020

Thompson-Laswell awarded Top Author Award by Top Hat

Submitted by College of Health and Human Sciences

Katie Thompson-Laswell, senior instructor of human development and family science, was recently awarded the Top Author Award from Top Hat at its annual Engage user conference. This award is designed to recognize educators who have raised the bar to improve learning experiences for students before, during and after class.

The Top Author Award recognizes Thompson-Laswell's own interactive digital courseware for her human development classes through the Top Hat platform. Through the platform, she enables her students to engage with course materials in an effective way that facilitates mastery of the subject matter. She has developed a curriculum focused on interactive content, video, discussion questions and in-class engagement that is motivating, thoughtful and improves students learning. Through her course design and insightful instruction using the Top Hat platform, she supports students in building a strong foundation for success.

Thompson-Laswell was nominated for the award by her students.

"The way she presents the material in my human development class gives all students a chance for success now and in the future," said one of her nominators.

See the positive impact Thompson-Laswell has made on her students through this video. 

Top Hat is education software built for professors and teaching faculty. It provides easy-to-use tools to engage the classroom, adopt and author next-generation interactive textbooks, create assignments and securely administer tests. More information on the platform can be found at tophat.com.